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Permanent Committee on Geographical Names for British Official Use

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The Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (PCGN) is an independent inter-departmental body in the United Kingdom established in 1919.[1] Its function is to establish standard names for places outside the UK, for the use of the British government.[2] The Committee has collaborated with the Foreign Names Committee of the United States Board on Geographic Names to agree a joint romanization system, first published in 1994 as the Romanization Systems and Roman-Script Spelling Conventions.[3]

The members of the PCGN are: British Broadcasting Corporation Monitoring Service, Intelligence Collection Group (ICG) (formerly Defence Geospatial Intelligence), Defence Intelligence Staff, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Government Communications Headquarters, Hydrographic Office, Ordnance Survey, Royal Geographical Society and Royal Scottish Geographical Society.[2]

A third of the costs of the PCGN are met by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and two thirds by the Ministry of Defence. In answer to a parliamentary question in 2007, the cost of the PCGN to the FCO was disclosed as being £59,826.83 for the 2005/2006 financial year. This results in a total cost in that financial year of £179,480.49.[4]


  1. ^ Withers, Charles W.J. (2017). "Language geographies". In Kobayash, Audrey Lynn; Richardson, Douglas; Goodchild, Michael F.; Castree, Noel; Marston, Richard A. (eds.). The International Encyclopedia of Geography. Vol. VIII. John Wiley & Sons. p. 4023. ISBN 978-0-470-65963-2.
  2. ^ a b "Permanent Committee on Geographical Names". UK Government – via www.gov.uk/government/groups.
  3. ^ Johnson, Jenny Marie (2003). Geographic Information. Greenwood Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-1-57356-392-5.
  4. ^ "Permanent Committee on Geographical Names". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 457. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 20 February 2007.